The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
The 1000 a year is pretty normal. Costs can range widely from club to club. The once a week to 3 times a week commitment is also pretty standard in most clubs.
The trainer telling you that you have to sell your dog and get another one that is better is not. It is your dog, not his. You can, of course get another dog later on is something happens that your pup can no longer do the sport, but what you decide to do at that time is fully up to you.
You CAN do Schutzhund with a neutered dog, it shouldn't affect your dog's ability, but I sure would not want to live somewhere where I'm forced to neuter my dog against my will.
My suggestion is that most of us do Schutzhund/IPO for fun. To learn about our dogs, learn about dogs in general, get a well-trained dog, develop our bond and connection, and work towards personal goals. If you feel that the trainer/club you join have goals that do not fall in line with yours (for example, highly-competitive clubs that are more focused on the end result over the process), then maybe a different club or trainer would be a better fit.
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